New Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali is scheduled to meet Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah next Tuesday and they are likely to discuss the seized Bibles
The Malay and Iban Bibles seized early this year containing the word “Allah” are to be returned to the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) soon, ending a 10-month standoff between Christians and the Selangor religious authorities.The Malaysian Insider understands the 321 copies of the Christian holy books, seized by the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais), which forbids other faiths from using the word “Allah”, are expected to be returned within the next week. (more…)
Catholic Bishop Dr Paul Tan Chee Ing has proposed a two-step solution to the maelstrom over Ibrahim Ali’s threat to burn Malay language Bibles.
“He can renounce his threat, and the government can proceed to drop the sedition changes against a host of others who did not utter anything comparably seditious but are under duress for suspected sedition,” proposed the head of the Catholic Church in the Malacca-Johor diocese.
The Jesuit-trained prelate said this two-step proposition would provide the avenue out of the impasse spawned by Ibrahim’s threat and the spate of probes and indictments for sedition against a host of social activists and politcians. (more…)
Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali speaks on the Bible-seizure issue at the DAP’s fund-raising dinner at the MBPJ Civic Hall in Petaling Jaya yesterday
The Malay- and Iban-language Bibles seized by the state religious authority in January do not belong to the Muslims and must be returned to the Christians, Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali said yesterday.Azmin told some 1,000 DAP supporters at the party’s fund-raising dinner that he informed the Selangor palace of this, with the hope that the prolonged issue will finally be resolved. (more…)
Home Minister Zahid Hamidi has ordered the release of Christian materials which used the word ‘Allah’ that were confiscated at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).
He also distanced his ministry from the seizure, stating that it was the Royal Malaysian Customs Department’s action which comes under the Finance Ministry.
“Those materials were from Indonesia and were transiting KLIA to be brought to Sabah.
“As the materials are for use in Sabah, the Home Ministry is of the opinion that they should be returned,” Zahid (left) told a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today. (more…)
Sarawakian Christian Jill Ireland yesterday sent a third letter of demand asking the government to return religious CDs seized from her in 2008.
The letter gave the Home Ministry and the government seven days to comply with the Kuala Lumpur High Court’s July 21 decision.
The court ruling said the government has to return eight religious CDs it had seized six years ago containing the word ‘Allah’, and to pay RM5,000 in legal costs. (more…)
The Malay Mail
A Sabah leader said no Muslim in Sabah or Sarawak would ever endorse the idea that it is “acceptable” to suggest torching Christian scriptures.
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s claim that Datuk Ibrahim Ali’s call to burn bibles was not seditious does not go down well with Muslims in east Malaysia, a Sabah Umno leader said.
State Legislative Assembly Speaker Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak said no Muslim in Sabah or Sarawak would ever endorse the idea that it is “acceptable” to suggest torching Christian scriptures, regardless whether it is deemed a respectful way of disposing their own holy book, the Al-Quran. (more…)
Section 3(3) of the Act makes it abundantly clear that “intention” (however good) is irrelevant.
The recent public statement by the Attorney-General giving his reasons for not prosecuting Ibrahim Ali for sedition has not in any way allayed the discontent of many people including even a cabinet minister.
They cannot understand, and rightly so, why this man is being protected from prosecution.
On the contrary the reasons given by the AG is nothing but mitigation for the man whose outburst was a call to Muslims in this country to commit a serious crime under the Penal Code. (more…)
Faidhur Rahman Abdul Hadi
Finally, the executive body of the Malaysian Bar, the Bar Council, has broken its two-day silence over the question of whether it is acting hypocritically and applying double standards in the appointment of a retired Federal Court judge, Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram, as lead counsel for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s case which is, as at the time of writing, still being argued before the Federal Court.
The press release, published on the Malaysian Bar’s website, is short in length, concise in message and unapologetic in tone, and defends this silence by deferring to a Federal Court decision in September 2013. Therein the court decided that there was nothing presently in law that prohibited a retired judge from appearing as counsel in court. Never mind the fact that the resolution was passed at the Malaysian Bar AGM held on March 15, 2014 and is thus subsequent to this court decision. This, the Bar Council claims stoically, is why, despite the Bar’s concerns on this issue, it has chosen to remain silent all this while. (more…)
Sabah church chief Dusing calls the two ‘obnoxious’ for defending Ibrahim Ali.
A Christian leader today condemned Attorney General Abdul Gani Patail and de facto Law Minister Nancy Shukri for what he described as their “obnoxious” defence of Perkasa chief Ibrahim Ali’s call for the burning of Bibles.
The two must be held responsible for racial and religious tension that may result from their stand on the issue, said Jerry Dusing, president of the Sidang Injil Borneo or the Evangelical Church of Sabah. (more…)
Pastor Maklin Masiau (in red shirt) serves the rural areas of Sabah and Customs seized 574 books and 419 CDs containing the word ‘Allah’. The move has angered leaders in Sabah and Sarawak who claim that Putrajaya is ignoring the 10-point solution on the use of ‘Allah’ in Christian literature.
While the latest seizure of Christian materials containing the word “Allah” at klia2 in Sepang last week appears to be resolved, Sarawak’s outspoken minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing views the episode as ominous and portends growing religious extremism in the country.
The seizure is not the first in Malaysia, despite the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) government’s pledge in 2011 to allow such materials in states where Islamic law was silent on the matter. (more…)
DESMOND DAVIDSON AND JENNIFER GOMEZ
Maklin Masiau, a pastor whose Christian books and CDs containing the word ‘Allah’ were seized by Customs officers at klia2, has urged his friends and well-wishers to remain calm.
The pastor whose Christian books and CDs containing the word “Allah” were seized by Customs officers at klia2 in Sepang last Saturday, said he has been cheated of his rights as a Sabahan to practise his religion as promised in the Malaysia Agreement.
The Customs notice of the seizure of Christian books and CDs. – The Malaysian Insider pic, October 31, 2014.Maklin Masiau, who was detained and questioned for 40minutes by the Customs officers before his books and CDs were seized, said he was now prepared for the protracted process of getting the authorities to release the materials. (more…)
THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER
Before the issue of the seized Malay and Iban-language bibles is resolved, the Customs Department confiscated some 300 Christian CDs and books containing the word Allah yesterday.
In most countries, civil servants who do not obey cabinet directives are disciplined. But in Malaysia, cabinet ministers have to appeal or cajole civil servants to follow government directives or the law.
The latest is the Royal Malaysian Customs Department’s move to seize some 300 Christian CDs and books containing the word Allah from Sabahan pastor Maklin Masiau in klia2 last week. (more…)
“I have been cheated as a Sabahan to practise my religion as guaranteed under the Malaysia Agreement.”
A pastor who was detained for 40 minutes at KLIA2 last Sat and had his religious books and CDs seized by the Customs Department has vowed to take the Home Ministry to Court, if necessary, on the matter. He was advised by Customs to deal with the Home Ministry to seek the return of the items seized from him.
“I know the football game has just started,” wrote Maklin Masiau, the pastor, in a posting on his Facebook page, indicating that he was prepared for the long drawn process of getting his materials back from the authorities. (more…)
Ng Kee Seng
As a journalist with 35 years’ experience, I find it extremely difficult to write this piece without using “I”.
I always avoid using “I” in my writing because it is truly too “oneself”.
However, I have to give it an exception when it comes to religious and racial bigots who cannot stop MYOB (Mind-ing Your Own Business).
I guess I have to write it the “I” way because the police and the Umno-led Barisan Nasional government just refuse to stop the faeces spewed by bigots to threaten national unity. (more…)
Lim Mun Fah
The Attorney-General’s Chambers’s (AGC) claim that Ibrahim has “defended the sanctity of Islam” has indeed caused a major stir. Not only is it absurd, it may also bring an extremely negative impact to the country.
No one can stop Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali from defending the sanctity of Islam. As a matter of fact, there are so many devout religious believers who would do everything to defend the sanctity of their faiths, which is seen as a truly sacred obligation. The question is: How are you going to put this into practice? Are you going to do this peacefully or violently? (more…)
AG sending signal that anyone can say anything, even seditious, “in defence of Islam”.
Sarawak leaders across the political divide want Attorney-General (AG) Gani Patail sacked for bringing public disrepute to the AG’s Chambers in the manner he handled the Bible burning case of Perkasa Chief Ibrahim Ali.
The consensus of opinion in the local media is that Gani has not only created a dangerous precedent by refusing to press charges against Ibrahim for his inflammatory call but contradicted the government’s emphasis on moderation. (more…)
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s assurance to Christians in Sabah and Sarawak that the ruling on the use of the word “Allah” would not affect them has been rendered useless, given a recent report that Christian CDs and books containing the word were confiscated at klia2 last week, a DAP lawmaker said.
Serdang MP Ong Kian Ming said that when the Court of Appeal denied the right of Christian publication Herald the right to use the word “Allah” last October, Najib had assured Christians in Sabah and Sarawak that the decision would not affect them given the 10-point agreement issued by the Cabinet.
Given that assurance by the prime minister, Ong has now questioned why hundreds of CDs and books containing the word “Allah” were confiscated at the new low-cost carrier terminal last Saturday. (more…)
The release of the material would depend on the pastor involved proving that he had a scheduled flight to Sabah.
Religious items including CDs seized last Sat at KLIA2 from a Christian pastor on the way home to Sabah from Medan, Northern Sumatra, will be released if certain conditions are met.
“We are trying to ascertain if he was bringing it to Semenanjung or taking it to Sabah and if he’s on transit, why was it (the material) in the main terminal? asked Hashimah Nik Jaafar who heads the Home Ministry’s Publications Control and Al-Quran Text Unit. “We are trying to get verification from Customs and the person involved.” (more…)
The latest report of a seizure of Christian CDs at the KL International Airport 2 (KLIA2) shows that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s assurance to Borneo Christians on the ‘Allah’ issue is not reliable, says Serdang MP Ong Kian Ming.
He was referring to a Malay Mail Online report on the confiscation of hundreds of Christian CDs and books from a Sabah resident last Saturday, when the latter arrived at KLIA2 en route home from Medan, Indonesia.
“If this report is true, then it proves Najib’s assurances to the Christian community in Sabah and Sarawak are completely undependable and unreliable. (more…)
Cabinet ministers today pledged their support for the 10-point agreement on the use of ‘Allah’ in Christian literature, adding that civil servants should also comply with the agreement.
Cabinet ministers today unanimously pledged their support for the 10-point agreement on the use of “Allah” in Christian literature and reiterated the need to protect religious materials, said Tan Sri Joseph Kurup.
The minister in charge of unity also said the cabinet wanted civil servants to comply strictly with the 10-point agreement. (more…)
The seizure of the Christian materials at klia2 is the latest to demonstrate the unresolved quandary stemming from regulatory prohibitions against non-Muslim use of the word in the peninsula but not in Sabah and Sarawak.
Hundreds of Christian compact discs (CDs) and books containing the word “Allah” were confiscated at the Kuala Lumpur International 2 airport in Sepang last Saturday.
The items were the personal belongings of a Christian man who had brought them in from Medan, Indonesia, and was on his way back to Sabah where he resides. (more…)
Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s justification of Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali’s call to burn the Malay-language Bible is invalid, as the latter’s call was meant in protest said a Sabah Umno leader.
Sabah Umno deputy chief Salleh Said Keruak slammed Mahathir’s comparison of Muslims burning old copies of the Quran so that it would not be thrown out like garbage.
“Burning Qurans, in this case, is an act of respect. (more…)
Outspoken Sarawak minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing called for divine help after learning that former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad endorsed Perkasa chief Datuk Ibrahim Ali’s Bible-burning call.
Outspoken Sarawak minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing, who had worked closely with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad when he was Barisan Nasional chairman, said he had lost respect for the man he had once held in high esteem for defending Perkasa’s Datuk Ibrahim Ali over the Bible-burning issue.
The Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president said: “I used to have the highest respect for Tun Mahathir. Now I have second thoughts on his wisdom”. (more…)
The news spreading by Whatsapp and other social media is that “JAIS will be coming to Islamize the villagers in Uma Tanjung Village in Long Bawa on Oct 16”.
Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) President, James Masing has confirmed that he has checked with Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department, Daud Abdul Rahman, who assured him that JAIS Sarawak is not involved in a reported attempt to convert Christians in Belaga to Islam.
“Daud said he will keep me posted,” said Masing. (more…)
The Malay Mail
Putrajaya’s persistence in refusing non-Muslim Malaysians the right to use the word “Allah” is tantamount to the systematic destruction of the language and culture of the Bumiputera community in Sabah and Sarawak, the head of the Anglican Church in Southeast Asia said.
Archbishop Datuk Bolly Lapok said the word “Allah” has been part and parcel of the community’s language for generations and has become “embedded” in every aspect of their culture, including for the Bumiputera Christians, who make up the majority of Malaysia’s Christian population.
However, the government’s prohibition and the Federal Court’s denial for the Catholic Church to appeal for the right to publish the “Allah” in its weekly newspaper, had made the Bumiputera Christians feel they had been wronged, said the Sarawakian senior clergyman. (more…)
Prohibiting use of the word ‘Allah’ by non-Muslims is taking things a bit “too far”, says Indonesia’s newly-minted minister of religious affairs.
Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin said the word ‘Allah’ should not be exclusive to any one religion.
“The ministry feels this (having such a prohibition) is going a bit too far. To me, anyone can use the word (‘Allah’).
“Muslims themselves (in Indonesia) are different, in their accents, in how they greet one another and how they mention God,” Lukman (left) said. (more…)
THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER
Thus far, only two global Muslim leaders have come out to condemn the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) – or Islamic State (IS), as they call themselves now – for their violence and large-scale slaughter in both the Middle East countries.
Former Malaysian prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
Dr Mahathir condemned the group four days ago, saying it has misinterpreted Islam which is a religion of peace.
“There is no place for violence in Islam. Islam is a religion of peace and some people have wrongly interpreted the religion,” Dr Mahathir told reporters after a youth forum in Putrajaya. (more…)
Malaysia’s Catholic Church will continue its fight to use the word “Allah” in its weekly publication, Herald, when it files a review application next week to set aside the Federal Court’s dismissal of its application to appeal the ban, one of its lawyers said.
The lawyer told The Malaysian Insider that the church’s review application, which could be filed as early as Monday, will also seek a new bench to rehear the leave application.
“We are compelled to file this application due to serious errors of law in the majority judgment,” the lawyer told The Malaysian Insider. (more…)
Amputation and stoning disappear into a committee
It is beginning to look like the issue of implementing seventh-century Islamic law requiring the amputation of limbs and stoning of adulterers has crested in Malaysia and is receding.
The issue attracted widespread concern among human rights groups and the international investing community as well as within the country itself, with Chinese, Indians and other minorities loudly objecting to any attempts to enact such a law, not only because they deemed it as barbaric, but because they fear it would spread from Muslims to wider segments of the population. (more…)
Zionist-Hamas issue leads many of us in to emotional judgement that most of us would not be able to see things from different angles.
Not only are we full of hatred and biased view of being so unilateral, but we are playing and poking around with religions and sentiments that affect not only people in the middle east, but many people around the globe.
To me, I rather choose not to put the blame on one of the two nations nor did I see religion should be one of the major influences for me to be on one side of the parties involved. (more…)
The legal team in the case brought by Sarawakian Jill Ireland against the Home Minister and the government may appeal the case despite getting a favourable decision on Monday, in order to get a firm judgment on the outstanding constitutional issue over Ireland’s right to practise her faith.
Judges will be seen as abdicating their duties when they refuse to make decisions as requested by litigants, especially in high profile public interest cases, lawyers said.
Citing the recent High Court decision in the Jill Ireland case, lawyers said litigants looked upon competent legal minds in the judiciary to enlighten them when it touched on their constitutional rights. (more…)
Sarawak DAP today cautioned non-Muslims in Malaysia, especially those in Sarawak, about a paper presented by the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) that says hudud can be implemented in the country without the Federal Constitution being amended.
Once hudud is adopted by the government, the Jakim paper says, it would apply to all Malaysians irrespective of their race or religious belief, it said.
Jakim comes under the Prime Minister’s Department.
“Hudud is not suitable for Sarawak,” Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen said. (more…)
A common misconception about the Quran is that it promotes hatred of Jews and Christians, and asks Muslims to not be friends with them.
Strangely, instead of voicing out against such a misrepresentation of verse 5:51 (which contains the commandment), some Muslims actually revel in quoting this verse as a means of feeling superior, perhaps. Who needs enemies, when you have such believers? But I guess, that’s the karma of blindly following religious figures.
Here’s the much quoted verse: (more…)
PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim has denied DAP Sarawak’s claim that he has been keeping silent on the hudud issue in Pakatan Rakyat.
Anwar said on the latest occasion, he had touched on the issue at a forum held at the Royal Selangor Club on July 9.
“Contrary to DAP Sarawak’s statement, I already spoke about the matter two weeks ago,” he said.
“It was related to justice for all, regardless of their race or religion. I made specific reference to the hudud issue in Kelantan,” Anwar said at the PKR headquarters last night. (more…)
The Kuala Lumpur High Court has ordered the Home Ministry and government to return the eight Christian religious CDs with the word “Allah” that it seized from Sarawakian Christian Jill Ireland in May 2008.
However, Justice Zaleha Yusof declined to rule on the constitutional prayers under Article 8, 11, sought by Jill.
Justice Zaleha ruled that the senior authorised officer from the Customs Department, Suzana Muin, who issued the seizure order, had acted illegally in withholding the CDs as such powers lie with the home minister. (more…)
Francis Paul Siah
On July 3, I joined my fellow Catholics in welcoming news of the appointment of Rev Father Julian Leow as the new Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur.
The post has been vacant following the retirement of Archbishop Emeritus Murphy Pakiam eight months ago. Pakiam is required by canon law to step down as head of an archdiocese upon reaching 75.
Julian’s appointment by Pope Francis was announced by the Apostolic Nuncio to Malaysia, Archbishop Joseph Marino. The embargoed July 3 press release carried a Vatican City dateline, attesting to its importance and supreme hierarchy of the Catholic Church. (more…)
The lawyers argued that they should have been granted leave so that the merits of their case can be heard.
The High Court of Sabah and Sarawak in Kota Kinabalu this morning denied leave to two plaintiffs, an activist and a lawyer, to apply for leave for Judicial Review against the seizure of 2,000 copies of the Herald, the Catholic weekly, on 26 October last year at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport.
Daniel John Jambun, the President of the UK-based human rights NGO, Borneo’s Plight in Malaysia Foundation (BoPIM) and senior Sabah lawyer Marcel Jude Joseph applied for leave to file the Judicial Review. (more…)
Sarawakians, especially Christians, are not convinced by the assurance from Chief Minister Adenan Satem that the Federal Court decision to ban the use of the word ‘Allah’ by the Herald will not affect them.
“I do appreciate the words of our chief minister that ‘this will not be a problem for us’, and I commend him for speaking up for Sarawakians,” Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian said.
“I believe he is sincere in his intention to keep his word as long as he is the chief minister.
“But I remain unconvinced that Sarawakians are not affected. There have been incidents in Sarawak, such as the holding up of the Al-Kitab at Kuching Port in 2008 and 2011, and the raids carried out on Christian bookshops in Sarawak by the Islamic authorities. (more…)
The fate of the seized Iban and Malay language copies of the Bible remains uncertain as Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim keeps the people guessing over the progress of the situation.
Khalid, who chaired the exco meeting earlier today, said he had met the attorney-general (AG).
“There is a resolution and now it is in the process of implementation. I cannot give more comments as it has already begun. I will announce it later,” he said.
Some 321 copies of the Bible were seized from the Bible Society of Malaysia’s office last January. (more…)
The three “unity bills” scheduled to replace the Sedition Act include an anti-discriminatory legislation (draft National Harmony and Reconciliation Bill 2014) which brings into contention “Bumiputera” concessions and quotas in business and whether these would fall under the purview of the intended Acts of Parliament.
National Unity Consultative Council (NUCC) law and policy committee deputy chairman Lim Chee Wee reportedly said the government must show such discrimination was protected under Article 153 of the Federal Constitution, or that the discrimination was “fair” because it was reasonable and necessary. (more…)
Far from putting the issue to rest, the Federal Court 4-3 majority judgment last Monday favouring the government over the Herald case now seems to be stirring the hornet’s nest in the Jill Ireland case at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur yesterday morning.
Senior counsel Philip Koh, who is keeping a watching brief for the Majlis or council of non-Muslims religions, pointed the case is not confined to Christians as Sikhs and others also use the word ‘Allah’ to refer to God in their Holy Scriptures. He cited the dissenting judgment of Datuk Zainum Ai that “a secular court such as ours is ill-equipped to determine the veracity, accuracy or even sincerity of subjective religious beliefs about doctrine and practices. Such disputes were certainly outside the recognised perimeters of judicial competence.” (more…)
The month of June is when the Dayak and the Kadazan-Dusun communities of Sarawak and Sabah celebrate the festivals of the Gawai Dayak and the Pesta Kaamatan, in thanksgiving for a bountiful year. It is a time of rejoicing and merry-making.
This year preparations for the festival by these two largely Christian communities of East Malaysia were tempered by trepidation, brought about by the issue of Allah and the failure of the government to deal with it in a manner that speaks of justice for the Christians of Malaysia. And their fears were not unfounded. (more…)
A lawyer, representing a Sarawakian Christian challenging the home ministry’s seizure of her religious compact discs for containing the word “Allah”, has questioned the ministry’s justification that the term was exclusive to Islam and Muslims.
Nizam Bashir told the High Court today that an officer from the ministry had clearly acted on an incorrect basis of fact.
Nizam quoted from affidavits of experts submitted in the case, stressing that the Quran contains references to Christians and Jews using the word “Allah” as a reference to God in affirmative and in encouraging terms. (more…)
Ng Kee Seng
Who are you, Zulkifli Noordin, to issue a stern warning to what you label as Christian “chauvinists and extremists” not to test the patience of Muslims?
Who are you to warn Malaysians not to invite another May 13?
Zulkifli, you are just a failed politician rejected by Malaysians and you are now clamouring for attention to get back into the corridors of power.
In fact, it is people like you, race and religious bigots, who are threatening harmonious and peace-loving Malaysians and Malaysia. (more…)
Umno playing same strategy to woo Muslims.
Although the Christian community in the country has been made the scapegoat, things have to be put into perspective for the sake of unity and harmony.
Both the Alkitab and the Sikh scriptures use Allah as a name referring to God, but only the Christian scripture is being targeted, ridiculed and confiscated.
Despite having only the flimsiest argument against the use of the name Allah by non-Muslims, the religious bigots calling themselves “champions of Islam” continue to victimise the Christians in this country. They say that when the name Allah is used in the Alkitab, it confuses the Muslim community. (more…)
Civil courts take precedence over shariah courts by virtue of their creation under the Federal Constitution unlike the shariah court, which was established out of state law, a retired senior judge said, refuting the inspector-general of police’s contention that both courts were of equal status in his refusal to execute recovery orders from civil court in two interfaith child custody cases.
Former Federal Court judge Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram (pic, left) said shariah courts were subordinate to civil courts because they were enacted under state laws.
He said in the Malaysian legal system, the Constitution was the supreme law and laws passed by Parliament and state assemblies were subordinate to it. (more…)
Once, we were proud of our country,but today we are bogged down by racial and religious turmoil.
Malaysia was once a promising country with a boisterous economy and a budding democracy. And to make it even better, Najib gave us 1Malaysia and Endless Possibilities. So why have things gone so wrong?
Today the country seems stuck in a mire of racial and religious turmoil worked up by right wing politicians and NGOs that are obviously friendly to them but whose leaders swear they are neutral and bipartisan. We sometimes wonder how these NGOs can find so much time and money to organise all their protests. (more…)
The Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) today insisted it will continue to seize Bibles that contained the word Allah in the state, adding that it had every right to destroy the holy books it had already seized earlier this year from the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM).
Its chairman Datuk Mohamad Adzib Mohd Isa said operations to counter the distribution of such Bibles in Selangor will continue and warned that it will not hesitate to arrest those distributing it.
“This process will go on and we will also make arrests,” he said in his speech at an event in the Tabung Haji Complex in Kuala Lumpur today. (more…)
Reza Aslan says Christians using the word Allah do not pose a threat to Islam.
A well-known American Muslim theologian has joined a long list of critics over the recent Court of Appeal ruling on the use of the word Allah, saying it was a “political decision more than anything else”.
“This notion that Malaysian Muslims need to be protected by the court because you can’t think for yourself, you can’t make decisions on your own. We are laughing at you,” said Reza Aslan, speaking on BFM Radio’s Evening Edition programme yesterday. (more…)
Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said the lack of leadership from the prime minister and the courts has allowed “irresponsible elements” to hijack the discourse on the ‘Allah’ issue.
Anwar was lamenting the missed opportunity at a reasoned debate over theHerald’s ban on using the word ‘Allah’ arising from the Federal Court’s decision on Monday.
“It is unfortunate that a great opportunity has been lost for reasoned and enlightened thinking to prevail over rabble-rousing and extremist sentiments. (more…)